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1. Meaning. Psychoanalysis is sometimes used as a general term, to describe mainly psychological treatments of neuroses, neurosthenic faults of character and psychosomatic illnesses, i. e., more or less in the sense of “psychotherapy”. Strictly speaking, psychoanalysis is a method of investigating psychology, implying 1) a number of experimentally verifiable findings, 2) a theory of psychology and 3) a philosophical anthropology.

In 1881, a Viennese neurologist, Dr J. Breuer, found that many symptoms of hysteria could be attached to experiences, “traumas”…

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Albert Görres, “Psychoanalysis”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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